Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Playing Tailor!

Today was a BIG DAY for our Girls at the Niger “Girls at Risk” school where we work!. For weeks and months we have been prepping them to be able to work as tailors. This includes strengthening their vocabulary, teaching the value of money better, math, measuring,etc. So many things! Their year end evaluation will include a portion to see how well they have been able to learn all these things and also it will help them launch their own small businesses one day.

So we decided to have a preliminary evaluation to help us see where the girls were at and what specific areas we needed to focus on more in our teaching.

Today we had 4 volunteers come to the Centre to pretend to be clients. They would only speak French to the girls. Each girl would take a turn coming in and setting  up at a desk behind her sewing machine like this was her tailor shop. The moment the “client” came in the door the evaluation would start.

Here is a group of girls practicing out in the yard while they wait nervously for their turn

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Each girl would pretend to be the tailor and go through greetings, finding out what work they wanted do, picking a model, taking their measurements, negotiating a price, asking for an advance, getting their contact information and sealing the deal! It was so much fun to see their excitement and nerves and how much they practiced to be prepared for today.

Little Sahara here did not disappoint! She is in our lowest level of literacy class and yet she rocked it today! She spoke in French, wrote everything in the right place and blew us all away with how awesome she was! YAY!!

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Here is Zeina taking Brenda’s measurements

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Brenda and Fatima discussing which model she would like to make

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Mira and Almanate deciding on their price

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As the afternoon wore on it started to get hot! It is only Feb 1st (meaning barely even into a 6 month hot season) and already it was 38.9 degrees at 4 o’clock in the afternoon!! Pray for endurance and patience for us all!

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And to top off an awesome day we spent some time doing some nutrition review with the girls in our health class. We introduced three balanced meal plans. We talked out sauces and each food items and the nutrition value of each one. Then we had the joy to tell them that we would be making those meals for them! Starting with two days a week until we have full funding, we are going to offer a hot lunch program until the end of the year to help them make it through the looming famine! Praise God!

What a great day!

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1 comment :

Tish said...

So amazing! GOD BLESS YOU and your family, team-mates, and supporters! You're doing a marvelous work there!!!!

Praying for you from Oaxaca, Mexico!